I recently ran across a document dated January 22, 1861 from the Union District, SC Legislative Committee. The report was a rejection of a petition from the District’s Commissioners of Roads who had requested a share of the official bond of Union District Tax Collector G.H. Fowler. It was thought that G.H. Fowler has absconded tax monies from Union District.
Who was this G.H. Fowler? Could it be Gillman H. Fowler, son of Thomas Gillman and Susannah Hames Fowler?
I found many instances where G.H. Fowler collected taxes from estate settlements. A few examples are listed below:
I didn’t have to look far. Gillman Fowler was living with his mother’s brother, William B. Hames in 1850. Gillman’s occupation was respectable: a teacher. This indicated to me that he could read and write in an age where most could not. Is it possible that he later used these skills to become a tax collector?
I found Gillman Fowler in 1860 census records living with his parents Thomas G. and Susannah Hames Fowler. His occupation was now……….tax collector.
My next research regarding Gillman Fowler will be to look through all estate settlements beginning in 1850 to find out when he started collecting taxes, and when his duties were formally ended.
Gilman H. Fowler was killed on August 10, 1861 at the Battle of Wilson’s Creek near Springfield, Missouri.
A thought…….was Gillman’s middle name Henry?